Christianity Today's 100 most spiritually significant books of the 20th century

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Christianity Today asked more than 100 of its contributors and church leaders to nominate the ten best religious books of the twentieth century. By best books, we meant those that not only were important when first published, but also have enduring significance for the Christian faith and church. We have included books which do not always prompt agreement, but which are important for evangelical Christians to read and contend with. A few "period" pieces also made the list of 90.

By far, C. S. Lewis was the most popular author and Mere Christianity the book nominated most often. Indeed, we could have included even more Lewis works, but finally we had to say: "Enough is enough; give some other authors a chance."

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  1. 1.
    Mere Christianity
    by C.S. Lewis

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  3. 4.
    The Politics of Jesus
    by John Howard Yoder

  4. 5.
    Orthodoxy (Dodo Press)
    by G. K. Chesterton

  5. 6.
    The Seven Storey Mountain
    by Thomas Merton

  6. 7.
    Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
    by Richard J. Foster

  7. 8.
    My Utmost for His Highest
    by Incorporated Barbour Publishing

  8. 10.
    Things Fall Apart
    by Chinua Achebe

  9. 11.
    Big Book Awakening - 12 Step Guide Book
    by Awakening

  10. 12.
    Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
    by Roland H. Bainton

  11. 13.
    The Epistle to the Romans
    by Karl Barth

  12. 14.
    The Denial of Death
    by Ernest Becker

  13. 15.

  14. 16.
    The Diary of a Country Priest: A Novel
    by Georges Bernanos

  15. 17.
    Letters and Papers from Prison
    by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  16. 19.
    The Prophetic Imagination, 2nd Edition
    by Walter Brueggemann

  17. 20.
    Truth As Encounter
    by H. E. Brunner

  18. 21.
    The Plague
    by Albert Camus

  19. 22.
    The Case for Orthodox Theology
    by Edward J. Carnell

  20. 23.

  21. 25.
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    by Annie Dillard

  22. 26.
    Documents of Vatican II
    by Austin P. Flannery

  23. 27.
    The Souls of Black Folk (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
    by W. E. B. Du Bois

  24. 28.
    Four Quartets
    by T. S. Eliot

  25. 29.
    Invisible Man: A Novel
    by Ralph Ellison

  26. 30.
    The Technological Society
    by Jacques Ellul

  27. 31.
    The Diary of Anne Frank: The Revised Critical Edition
    by Anne Frank

  28. 32.
    Man's Search for Meaning
    by Viktor E. Frankl

  29. 34.
    Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure
    by Langdon Gilkey

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  31. 37.
    Black Like Me
    by John Howard Griffin

  32. 43.
    God, Revelation and Authority (6 Volume Set)
    by Carl F. H. Henry

  33. 44.
    by John Hersey

  34. 45.
    The Prophets (Perennial Classics)
    by Abraham J. Heschel

  35. 46.
    Brave New World
    by Aldous Huxley

  36. 47.
    The Varieties of Religious Experience
    by William James

  37. 48.
    The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text
    by Franz Kafka

  38. 50.
    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    by Thomas S. Kuhn

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